Immunology Workshop

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The Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative (HI3) is excited to announce a free 2.5-day immunology workshop on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.  Participants will learn about topics such as the cells and organs of the immune system, innate immunity, adaptive immunity, tolerance and autoimmunity, the immune response to cancer, introduction to immunotherapy and immune-related adverse events and more. Class size is limited to 12 participants to ensure excellent participant to instructor ratios.  

Attendance during the entire 2.5 days is required. If you are unable to attend all 2.5 days of the workshop, please consider participating in the workshop at a later date when you are able to commit your attendance for the entire workshop. 

This workshop is appropriate for HI3 trainees and scientists who would like to expand or update their understanding of the field and address its role in health and disease. Individuals who are considering incorporating study of the human immune system or immune monitoring into their own research would also greatly benefit from this workshop, and include: 

  • Medical Residents and Fellows 
  • Medical Researchers 
  • Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows (not formally trained in immunology)
  • Data Scientists and Bioinformaticians
  • Others who need to be familiar with the human immune system, immunotherapy and techniques that interrogate and/or monitor immune phenotype and/or function

    This workshop will not be presented in a traditional lecture format. The workshop will utilize an active learning teaching strategy that is participant-centered and focused on interactive discussions and problem solving within small groups as well as the full course of participants. Participants are asked to come ready to play and engage in brains-on learning! 

    The first and second days of the workshop will begin at 8:00am and finish around 4:30pm. The first 2 days will be focused on learning the foundations and basic concepts of immunology. The third and final day of the workshop is a half day starting at 8:00am and ending at 12:00noon. The third day will focus on the “immunologist’s toolbox.” Human immune monitoring assays such as immune phenotype and function characterization by flow cytometry and mass cytometry, multicolor fluorescence tissue imaging, multiplex cytokine analysis and cellular functional assays (in vitro killing, proliferation, intracellular cytokines, etc.) will be covered followed by a tour of the HI3 Human Immune Monitoring Shared Resource (HIMSR) lab space. There will also be an opportunity to discuss your individual projects and immunology-related research needs with the Assistant Director of the HI3 HIMSR.

    Immunology is the study of immunity, a state of protection from infectious disease, and the immune system, a complex, interconnected network of cells and organs. The immune system is not an isolated system as it is woven into most, if not all, other systems in the body and plays a key role in regulating a healthy balance. Translational immunology allows researchers to use immunological discoveries in the lab to develop solutions for use in the clinic to treat, and ideally cure, real-life human diseases. Examples in use today include vaccines against a variety of infectious pathogens and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells to eliminate certain forms of cancer. 

    A type of therapy that harnesses the body’s natural defenses by stimulating or suppressing the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection, and other diseases. Some types of immunotherapy target certain cells of the immune system while others affect the immune system in a more generalized way. Applications for immunotherapy studies include, but are not limited to, the identification and characterization of novel checkpoint proteins, biomarker discovery and drug discovery. 

    If you have any questions please contact Aimee Bernard at
    We hope to see you at the workshop!

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    Class/event size: 12 
    Wait list: all interested participants beyond the first 12 will be added to the wait list